Darden's faculty consistently ranks among the very best business school faculty in the world. Of note:
- Darden is the only business school to be in the top 20th percentile of MBA graduate satisfaction in teaching quality for 24 consecutive years (Businessweek).
- Darden's faculty was ranked #1 by Financial Times (2011).
- Darden's faculty was ranked #1 by The Princeton Review (2010).
Darden professors encompass an impressive array of business backgrounds and include experts in a variety of industries and functional areas. They are known to be innovators in business school education, continually developing new courses, cases and simulations in the case method. To learn about faculty research or to access the faculty directory, visit Faculty & Research.
Instead of holding specific office hours, the Darden faculty has an open-door policy. Rather than having to schedule an appointment in advance, students can simply stop by a professor’s office to ask a question about a case, to seek career advice or simply to chat.
High Level of Student & Faculty Interaction
A key feature of the Darden academic experience is the relationships that students and faculty members develop. All courses at Darden are taught and graded by full faculty members, rather than teaching assistants.
A student-to-faculty ratio of seven to one, small classes, a high level of involvement in student activities and the open-door policy described above also contribute to an environment where faculty members and students get to know one another well. You will often hear alumni talk about professors with whom they stay in contact years after graduating. Students also enjoy occasional dinners hosted at professors' homes.
In the following video, Sara Sajadi (Class of 2012) talks about why she thinks Darden professors are so special:
One little-known aspect of the Darden case-method curriculum is the level of coordination among the faculty. Professors teaching the same First Year course meet weekly to prepare for the upcoming week’s cases. In their meetings, they discuss current events that could be tied into the case, possible questions that could arise as well as critical points that should be covered during the class.
Additionally, the First Year program director meets with all of the Faculty Area Coordinators periodically in order to capitalize on opportunities to coordinate across different courses.
Students are often surprised to find that issues and companies brought up in one course are also discussed in other courses in the same week and sometimes even on the same day. By looking at an issue from different viewpoints (i.e., marketing, accounting and operations), students are able to develop a broad understanding of how each business area approaches a common problem.
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